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Japanese Cell Phone Companies Are Competing To Sell Robots, Too 

Here in the US, telecom giants like Verizon and AT&T fight for their share of customer data plans. But Japan’s own telecom outfits are embroiled in an additional head-to-head: selling robots.


Waiting In Line Sucks, And Google Wants To Help You Avoid It 

Your lunch break burrito bowl awaits, but avoiding the winding, noon-hour queue is an art. But soon, you’ll be able to work around those long lines on your grub-fetching quests — or at least anticipate them — using data from Google.


Sony Is Getting Into The Drone Business

Sony is making drones now, partnering with an autopilot technology startup to create a drone company called Aerosense. This might seem like a strange zag into an unfamiliar business for Sony, but it dovetails with the company’s mission to become a sensor powerhouse.


This Startup Melted Down After Its Workers Fought To Be Employees

Pour one out for home cleaning startup Homejoy, one of the first big casualties of the brewing fight between workers and “gig economy” apps like Uber and Taskrabbit.


Lil Wayne's Label Sues Tidal For 'Desperate And Illegal' Album Debut

Birdman has been busy. In addition to allegedly plotting to murder his former collaborator Lil Wayne, his record label Cash Money is suing Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service for putting out Lil Wayne’s most recent album without permission, according to TMZ.


Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story Of How Monster Lost The World

There’s never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of planes, clubs and footpaths everywhere: as mammoth, beloved and expensive as their namesake. But Dr Dre didn’t just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making expensive HDMI cables.


Jay Z's Troubled Music Service Tidal Loses Another CEO

The latest boss of Jay Z’s floundering music streaming service Tidal has already washed out.


Finally, Someone's Designing A Fix For The Nightmarish Open-Plan Office

When the door slid closed, everything went silent. I couldn’t hear any of the chatter or construction outside. It was weirdly cosy. I was sitting in a tiny pod — wrapped in a deep green felt, with its own built-in bench, desk, and lighting — designed by a company waging war on the open office.


Say Goodbye To Quirky Products (Sort Of)

Quirky is becoming a much different kind of Quirky. Put bluntly, the democratic design pioneer needs money and is radically changing its direction. Part of that new direction involves no longer making or selling Quirky products, but Quirky — and its community — will still help giant corporations like GE design products.


Verizon's Just The Latest Big Evil Media Conglomerate Waiting To Happen

Verizon’s $US4.4 billion bid for AOL isn’t just another whimsical moment in web investment weirdness. It’s serious. The deal creates a huge media-communications giant, just like huge evil media conglomerates before it — and, if you consider the facts, it’s possibly worse.


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